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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt on Sunday about his controversial statement last month that carbon dioxide is not "a primary contributor" to climate change.
"Mr. Pruitt, there are all kinds of studies that contradict you," the Fox News Sunday host remarked. "The UN's panel on climate change says it is 95 percent likely more than half of the temperature increase since the mid-20th century is due to human activities."
In the interview, Trump defended his appointment of climate denier Scott Pruitt to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), expressing disdain for long EPA approval processes and implying "other countries are eating [the U.S.'s] lunch" due to excessive regulations.
The Paris agreement, Trump claims, is something he is "studying." He stated, "I don't want that agreement to put us at a competitive disadvantage with other countries." Trump also previewed "quick" decisions on the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines once he enters office without offering specifics.
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Commentary: Gizmodo, Rhett Jones analysis